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Millstream Hop² Double IPA - Millstream Brewing Company

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Millstream Hop² Double IPAMillstream Hop² Double IPA

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 24.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 02-13-2011)
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Photo of maximum12


1.08/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. single picked up out of idle curiosity, I've liked a few of Millstream's brews, always up to try another. But no bottle dating. Boo.

Pour is dark for a hopper, leaning hard into the amber regions. Smell is not promising; tons of sweet malt along with corrupt, rank wet earth. And not clean spring rain wet earth, but Superfund, dead earthworm kind of wet earth. Blech.

Hop2. I'm always looking for redeeming qualities; this beer has none. That rank dank carries over in the taste like an unwashed wrestler. It's harsh, metallic, fusty, and just plain awful.

This is a bad, bad, bad beer, & not in the singer-songwriter-blues kind of way. There is simply nothing good to say here, so I'm going to stop typing & head for the sink. Borderline epically terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:37:54 | More by maximum12
Photo of eawolff99


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-12-2012 01:33:04 | More by eawolff99
Photo of jera1350


3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed coppery color with a fluffy tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The nose is quite sweet with lots of caramel and pineapple coming through. Smells like ripe fruits with syrup.

The taste has lots of sweet malt with caramel and brown sugar being the largest components. The hops probably do take a backseat to the malt which, but they are there and offer some mild bitterness, but not much flavor. More of a barleywine taste I guess.

Lots of soft frothy carbonation to match the medium body and sticky resiny feel.

I am really surprised by how low some of the reviews are. For the style, this one doesn't match up the best. But as an overall beer, I really enjoyed this. It really is more of a barleywine style brew, but I dug it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:26:50 | More by jera1350
Photo of SortaAmbivalent


4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

03-16-2012 06:57:44 | More by SortaAmbivalent
Photo of mjschwal


2/5  rDev -35.1%

03-05-2012 23:32:21 | More by mjschwal
Photo of fuzzcherry


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-29-2012 05:15:50 | More by fuzzcherry
Photo of plumcrazyfx


3/5  rDev -2.6%

02-16-2012 22:52:16 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of JWRitchie76


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-16-2012 01:10:59 | More by JWRitchie76
Photo of gatornation


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle

A-pours a hazy orange light brown color with a fast receding khaki head with very little lacing

S- musty malts and bread

T- thick syrupy musty odd smelling hops ,sweet caramel malts, tropical fruits and bread

M- sweet syrups,and thick malts, medium carbonation

O- a strange 2ipa that i will not buy again,very sweet with a bitter aftertaste finish

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:11:08 | More by gatornation
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is quite striking; a hazy amber- gold that just looks like a sticky caramel. The head is an off-white with a slight orange tinge. It is rather puffy and dies to just barely provide full coverage of the lid.

Smell- The hops are resin-like and has a little bit of citrus: orange and pineapple. The malt is a very sweet compliment to the hops.

Taste- Again, the flavor hops used have a bit of resin feel to them. There is also a hint of orange citrus in there, but it is not nearly as pronounced as it could be.

The malt is not overbearing, and compliments the hops quite well. It is sweet, honey-like almost. The problem with this palate is that the bittering hops are much more forward than the flavor hops.

Had that sweet citrus really popped, this DIPA would be so much better.

Mouth feel- The body is leaning towards medium, but this Millstream offering is not taking any prisoners with the finish. It is so incredibly bitter, which would be fine if it was just a little bit creamier and not quite this watery.

Overall- This DIPA is good, but not great. The bittering hops really take this beer over. Which is a shame, because there are certainly some good flavors beginning to come through. Now they just need to make it to the finish line.

It would also help if they could manage to make this one a little creamier.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 05:50:30 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of pirmannt1


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-22-2011 21:22:04 | More by pirmannt1
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3/5  rDev -2.6%

11-30-2011 03:59:44 | More by FlandersNed
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz plastic cup at the Iowa State Fair Craft Beer Tent.

As DIPAs go this one seemes a bit muddled. The reddish color and medium carbonation made it seem more lively than others. The aroma overall light with the malt component was greater. The taste was nice but a bit confusing. The hops hit up front with the maly, caramel base coming in after a few seconds. The taste then settled to more towards coffee/toffee. The mix was somewhat odd but it was still enjoyable. If the flavor wasn't so ADD and more focused it would have scored a bit higher. Still, this is one of the best beers available at the Fair. As DIPAs go, this one is OK but there are better ones out there.

Note - I think my perception of the aroma was scewed by the plastic cup, and the fact that I was about 100 feet from the Cattle Barn.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 15:34:37 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Duff27


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark, clear ruby red/brown with an inch of off-white head into a tulip. Good drink-by-drink lacing and decent head retention. I really enjoy the looks of this one.

S- Smells sweet and tropical.

T- Taste starts of like a normal DIPA but morphs into some strange taste...is that a hint of coffee/dark fruits I'm getting?? Caramel malts and again, a weird taste I can't quite put my finger on.

M- Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- It was tough putting this one down. I think a few small tweaks and this could be a "worthy" DIPA though. More hops for sure. Not recommended, especially with so many great ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:59:04 | More by Duff27
Photo of mynie


2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours orange, very cloudy and dark. Giant white head quickly dissipates.

Smells like a weirdly ersatz hop citrusyness and very thick, sryupy double IPA malt. Hmm...

Tastes a little bit better, but still far away from good. For the life of me, I cannot place this citrus flavor. It's supposed to be hops, I'm sure, but what kind of hops? Where did these come from? The malt syrup nodes are absent, cut into by a very aggressive champagny yeast that dominates the entire back end of the beer with a bizarre fruitiness. Nothing comes together.

Wow. Millstream is one of the 20 oldest craftbrewers in the US. Their beers don't get super high scores, typically, but that's because they're a very precise, very conservative brewery that is content doing a bang-up job of making regular styles. They've never come close to this kind of mistake before. I can't account for it; I just hope they correct it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:45:05 | More by mynie
Photo of salvo


2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with an inch of head that quickly collapses; just a ring suggests the original inch of tan head.

Smell is all wrong: porter roasty malts with some assertive bitter hops, no sweetness, no balance.

Taste is poor as well: coffee with sour homebrew back, like it was brewed in rusty equipment or something.

Mouthfeel is poor as well: fizzy carbonation leaves teh tongue stinging rather than receptive.

Drank about a third; drainpour for the rest. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:04:38 | More by salvo
Photo of mdwalsh


4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown beer with a medium tan, two finger head that tightens up quickly. It's clear, but not much active carbonation.

S: Hoppy, duh, with a mostly piney scent.

T: Again, piney, but very smooth and unoffensive. Not at all sharp.

M: Nice carbonation, though maybe a little high. Overall very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 23:46:17 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of ballz50401


3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle part of Millstreams Brewmaster's Extreme Series. Bottled this month, maybe within the past week. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark copper with a light tan head. Not very good retention or lacing.

Smell: Slight pine and fruity hop aroma. Strong caramel sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly sweet malt flavor. Very little hops for a DIPA. Mainly dark caramel/toffee. Full bodied mouthfeel. Chewy and creamy.

Overall: Not a great example of the style. Nice first try for the 'Extreme Series'. Excited for future releases. This would be better with more hop character and less maltiness with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:24:57 | More by ballz50401
Photo of FreshHawk


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very dark copper with an average to small, frothy, somewhat thick, fluffy, off-white head. Good retention with a nice lace remaining.

S - Bitter pine hop aromas with a strong caramel malt as well. A touch of citrus/lemony zest and some earthy aroma. A touch of herbal aroma also.

T - Similar to the aroma with plenty of caramel and bitter pine and herbal hops. Slight medicinal and astringent flavors. Slightly warming finish. Bitter and sweet mix.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Warming slightly sticky finish.

D - Easy to drink, but I don't really see me wanting more. Plenty of bitter hops and caramel malt.

Notes: Somewhat reminds me of a barleywine. Not really a top tier DIPA. Pine, herbal, and earthy hops - but more bitterness from the hops than anything. Also very malt heavy. Doesn't really seem to fit the Millstream style.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:16:57 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a copper or deep amber. Two fingers of eggshell colored head developed and dissipated to leave a thin and spotted lacing and a ring around the edge.

Smell: Typical grapefruit/orange citrus and pine spice, but it is much sweeter and less intimidating. Aromas of honey and caramel keep it tame, and I even got subtle hints of chocolate, too. Frankly, it's pretty malty for a DIPA. For whatever reason I am reminded of Millstream's last Oktoberfest. Ahh...sweet memories of football season.

Taste: The first couple sips are super sweet, much like over sweetened lemonade. Wow. However, as the palate adjusts the flavor beings to mirror the aroma -- albeit in a much sweeter way. Grapefruit and orange citrus, a little pine spice, honey, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. At the end of each sip there is a hint of black pepper spice, too. The sweetness level drops considerably as the beer warms (though it is still sweet) and the flavors create a tasty mélange.

Drinkability: Basically, this is a hoppier version of Millstream Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is excellent, but I am not so sure about this hoppy edition. Though it has DIPA qualities, it is too sweet and malty to be true to style.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:17:54 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of MasterSki


3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for this Iowa brew. Apparently this was bottled this month. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a thick collar and some wispy haze on tap, as well as some spotty lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Catty, pine, grass, and a sugary icing sugar malt backdrop. Surprisingly restrained for a fresh DIPA.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Malt-forward, with some floral and earthy hops. Mike accurately described this as more of a hoppy amber.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Finish is lightly sticky.

D - Easy enough to drink, but not particularly exciting. I'd be pretty disappointed if this was my local DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:52:31 | More by MasterSki
Photo of AgentZero


3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with MasterSki, the last of the Iowa ticks.

A - A reddish-orange beer with brown, two fingers of head that left behind some decent lace.

S - A bit sugarry and caramelly for a DIPA. Lots of malts, notes of alcohol, floral hops in the backgrond.

T - This tastes a lot like a hoppy amber actually. Very sweet/carmel tasting, with a moderate hops character. This is pretty solid, if not off on the style, but fairly tasty.

M - Moderate carbonation with a medium bodied brew. Slighty sugary feel in the mouth.

D - Easy to get down, and fairly enjoyable. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 17:46:44 | More by AgentZero
Photo of siradmiralnelson


2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2 finger off white head. Good retention. Not a lot of lacing left. Color is dark ruby brown.

S. Smell is very malt dominant. Has an astringent smell. Dont picku up a lot of hop aroma at all. Definitely does not smell like a DIPA. Doesn't even smell like a very good Pale Ale.

T. Taste is sweet. Caramel malt is very dominant. Very strange sweet taste that is hard to describe. Not bitter. No hop flavor. Has no DIPA qualities really at all.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Has a strange sweet aftertaste.

D. Well what can I say. Struggled to put down the one bottle. Really surprised that a brewery would put this out on the shelves. This beer has no hop aroma or flavor. The malt flavor that it does have is strange and off putting. Millstream better go back to the drawing board. I will leave my Iowa DIPAs to Peace Tree.

*edit* 2nd bottle was a drainpour. Maybe my fault for drinking Hopslam before Hop2, but none the less it has been a very long time since I poured a beer down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:44:27 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of msjacilynn


3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: orange-brown with a sandy thick head. excellent lacing throughout.

S: surprisingly non-descript for a DIPA. yes, hops were present but none biting, piney, citrus, etc. malt present which is a good sign of balance.

T: sweet slowly yielding away to bitter. I rather enjoyed Millstream's attempt to make a DIPA with more of a malt backbone than I'm used to seeing. The hops are there...they just do not overwhelm your palate.

M: Thick, well-carbonated.

D: Decent. Would definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:45:33 | More by msjacilynn
Photo of pepsican


1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear amber pour with a nice sized white head. Aroma was hop forward with quite a bit of malt to back it up, mainly toffee and caramel. The flavor isn't exactly pleasant. I couldn't detect more than just a bit of the hops, and it was more of a hop/soap combination with no real focus on what I enjoy in a DIPA. It was also overly malt forward with caramel and toffee dominating. Very harsh astringent finish, reminds me of eating an unripe persimmon. I was hoping for more from this, it would have been great to have another local IIPA in the rotation. As it is you have an overly malt forward beer that is too sweet mixed with a terrible hop profile. Add in the astringency and you have a drain pour; I didn't make it through more than a few sips of this. Maybe next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 21:45:17 | More by pepsican
Millstream Hop² Double IPA from Millstream Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.